A panel of three Tel Aviv Magistrate’s Court judges ruled unanimously and unequivocally Wednesday that former Justice Minister Haim Ramon was guilty as charged of committing an indecent act for forcibly kissing a 20-year-old female soldier without her consent.
The maximum sentence for the charge is three years in jail. Ramon said he would appeal the decision to the Tel Aviv District Court.
The judges, Deputy Court President Hayuta Kochan, Daniela Cherizli and Daniel Beeri, wholeheartedly accepted the soldier’s word against Ramon’s, and praised her throughout the 73-page ruling.
“There is no doubt regarding the credibility of the witness,” the judges wrote of the soldier, identified as “Heh.” “She testified for many hours in court, including a long and grueling cross-examination and withstood it in a way that inspired admiration. Her appearance on the witness stand radiated credibility, sincerity and authenticity. We have here a young woman, a bit na ve, smart, who did not contradict herself, was precise and accurate about details and was consistent and absolutely certain about her version of events. On the other hand, she did not exaggerate.
“The version of the witness was coherent, logical, consistent and fit in well with the large amount of testimonies and evidence.”
Towards the end of the ruling, the judges wrote that Heh had spoken “the absolute truth.”